The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

Posted October 10, 2012 by hooviesmom 2 Comments

An action-packed conclusion to a winning fantasy series: readers, prepare yourselves for The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima.

Book 4 in the Seven Realms, The Crimson Crown offers a stunning finale to Chima’s best-selling fantasy series. Queen Raisa ana’Marianna has ascended to the throne of the Fells. She is fiercely loyal to her people and wants to see an end to the turmoil between the surrounding kingdoms. The other kingdoms see Raisa only as a young girl suitable for marriage. But she is a smart, strong, exceedingly capable woman who wants to unite her people. Torn between her duties as queen, and her love of a man, can she decide which is best for her people while not losing sight of her desires? Can both be fulfilled?

Plunging into the action from the very first words, you’ll be swept along in this final installment that is exhilarating to read — but will leave you sad to come to the story’s end.

Rich and satisfying, The Crimson Crown blends a fantasy of wizardry and foreign lands and peoples that the reader can relate to in our own world. The struggles of regions to get along and not war against one another. The acceptance of race and ethnicity.

It is also a story about what our faith is based upon and what we accept as truths. Readers can relate our world and our history to the peoples and lands of the Seven Realms and their struggles to accept one another and live in harmony, all while trying to find love and happiness just as we do in our daily loves. What else can I say … I loved it.

The Crimson Crown is in stores October 23rd. Here is the official synopsis:

A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed — Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love.

Now, once again, the queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible. Tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she’s falling in love.

Navigating the cutthroat world of blueblood politics has never been more dangerous, and former streetlord Han Alister seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it?

A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.


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